Univ.-Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D. – “A modular approach to deploying automation in the distribution grid: The role of micro-services and open architectures”

Before joining RWTH in Aachen, Univ.-Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D. was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (USA). During his tenure at USC he has been Associate Director of the Virtual Test Bed (VTB) project, which focuses on computational simulation and visualisation of modern power distribution systems that fully integrate power electronics into the network design. He has developed the real-time extension of VTB for Hardware in the Loop applications and has designed innovative tools supporting the automatic generation of VTB native models. He worked on expanding the limits of real-time simulation thanks to the application of PC clusters and FPGA technology. He was the director of the Real Time and Electromechanics Laboratory (REM Lab). He started his academic career at Politecnico di Milano after 4 years of industrial experience in Ansaldo Industria.

Dr. Hartmut Huang – “Power Electronics for Efficient Power Transmission”

Dr. Harmut Huang is an HVDC expert and currently working in an executive position in HVDC and Power Electronics business with Siemens Energy in Germany. He has taken key technical positions for several HVDC projects and has been deeply involved in many innovations in the area of HVDC and FACTS applications over last decades. Dr. Huang received the Dipl.-Ing. and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1986 and 1992 respectively. He joined Siemens HVDC business in 1992 as a System Engineer for basic design and system studies. Later he became the manager of system engineering department within Siemens HVDC business and contributed to the success of a series of HVDC projects worldwide. Dr. Huang was one of first pioneers working on development of UHVDC technology at 800 kV DC and contributed to the design guidelines for UHVDC equipment in the Cigre Working Group B4-45. Since 2008 Dr. Huang is head of Technology and Innovation within Siemens business unit Transmission Solutions. During this time period he has put his focus on the development and commercialization of modular multilevel converter (MMC) for HVDC and STATCOM applications. In 2010 he and his team accomplished the worlds first VSC-HVDC scheme based on MMC technology. Since then he has been actively promoting and applying the MMC technologies for HVDC and FACTS applications. He was a member in Cigre WG B4-48 and contributed to the first guidelines for design and testing of MMC based VSC HVDC system. Dr. Huang is an IEEE Senior Member and an individual member of Cigre. He served as a Regular Member in Cigre Study Committee B4 “HVDC and Power Electronics” from 2004 to 2010. He has authored or coauthored more than 20 technical papers in the area of HVDC technology.

For his contribution and leadership in the development of Ultra High-Voltage Direct Current technology and multi-level converters for High-Voltage Direct Current VSC applications, Dr. Huang was awarded the 47th IEEE PES Uno Lamm HVDC Award.

Dr. Anne-Katrin Marten & Dr. Bernd Klöckl – “Nuclear and fossil-fuel phase out in Germany – challenges and solutions from system operation perspective for a better, smarter and greener future”

Anne-Katrin Marten is responsible for the operational planning department at 50Hertz system operation and there for to integrate more than 60% of renewables for more than 18 Mio. people in all operational planning procedures. She received her Master of Science degree in Electrical Power and Control Engineering in 2011 from Technische Universität Ilmenau. Afterwards she joint the power system department at the same University and received her Ph.D. in Electrical Power Engineering in 2015 also in Ilmenau, which was awarded with several prizes such as Dr. Wilhelmy Award. Afterwards Anne-Katrin Marten joint 50Hertz system operation in 2016 where she had several positions in the conceptual department before her current role. During her scientific carer as well as during her first positions at 50Hertz system operation her focus was on operation of HVDC systems where the Master controller for Interconnector Operation (MIO) of the KF CGS HVDC project is one of her main achievements. Beside this she focused also a lot on congestion management and had a key role in the concept for TSO DSO coordination for Redispatch.

Bernd Klöckl graduated at Graz University of Technology and received the PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, both in Electrical Power Engineering. Between 2006 and 2011 he was the head of the grid department of the Austrian association of electricity companies and later in the market and asset management departments of Austrian Power Grid (APG). Between 2011 and 2021 he headed the Grid Planning (later: Grid Analysis) Department of TenneT TSO in Germany, responsible for the technical EHV grid development plans, European Ten Years Network Development Plans, reserve capacity and coal exit analyses, among other topics. He represented the company in many national and international bodies such as the vice-chairmanship of the ENTSO-E system development committee. Since 2021 he is the head of Department Analytics & Concepts at 50Hertz Transmission.


Dr. Hendrik Wust & Dr. Andreas Hauer – “The Value of Energy Storage”

Hendrik Wust studied Civil Engineering at the Technical University Dresden in Germany. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, he worked on fundamental questions of laser material processing of wood. With his work, he contributed to a significant improvement in the understanding of the interaction of laser radiation and wood. For this work, he received the “Wilhelm Klauditz Prize for Wood Research and Environmental Protection” in 2009 and was one of the finalists for the “Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis” in 2010. He joined Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH in 2006 after receiving his Dr.Eng. at the Civil Engineering Department at the TU Dresden. At Project Management Jülich (PtJ) he is responsible for national and international research and development projects focussed on energy storage and energy efficiency technologies for buildings, communities and industry. Since May 2011 he is German Delegate and since November 2011 Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Energy Storage Technology Collaboration Programme (Energy Storage TCP).

Dr.  Andreas Hauer studied Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He made his PhD at the technical University in Berlin. Now is Chair of the Board at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, ZAE Bayern, with about 100 scientists. There he is responsible for all national and international research and development projects focussed on thermal and electrical energy storage, thermal driven heat pumps / chillers for industrial and building applications. Dr. Hauer is an international known expert on energy storage in general and specialized on thermal energy storage. For 7 years he was the secretary of the Executive Committee of the Energy Storage Programme within the International Energy Agency, IEA. At the moment he is leading working groups on material development for thermal energy storage and on “Flexible Sector Coupling by the Implementation of Energy Storage” within the technology network of the IEA and he is member of the Executive committee. He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Solar Energy Society, ISES. On the national level, he is member of the Board of Directors of the 2012 established Bundesverband Energiespeichersysteme (BVES), German Energy Storage Systems Association. In this position, he is responsible for R&D activities within the association. He is Editor in Chief for the Wiley publication “Advances in Energy Storage”, which will be launched in 2021.